Out of more than 4,500, they were among the five students selected to receive honors from sponsors.

Nimitz HS students Isabel Martínez and Héctor Torres pose with their art teacher Leslie Rowney (l-r) at the HCDE Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Ceremony. The two won additional honors for their work.

Each year, Harris County Department of Education (HCDE) sponsors the regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards event. The competition recognizes the vision, ingenuity and talent of young artists and celebrates creative teens.


The ceremony in the Ballroom at Bayou Place.

Recipients join the ranks with iconic writers and artists Sylvia Plath, Robert Redford, Truman Capote, Andy Warhol and Richard Avedon, who all earned awards as Scholastic Art & Writing awards as teens.

Recently, HCDE held the 2018 Gold and Silver Key Ceremonies for middle and high school winners. The high school ceremony took place in downtown Houston in the Ballroom at Bayou Place on March 20. HCDE celebrated the middle school awards night at the Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston (MATCH) March 29.

A record 6,225 Harris County entries were judged in the prestigious competition. Twenty-one school districts, two charter schools and 16 private schools were represented with students earning Gold Key, Silver Key and honorable mention awards.


Awards ceremony at MATCH.

Aldine ISD had 30 middle and high school students (click here to view the full list of AISD winners) earn 33 honors in the regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards event sponsored by HCDE.

At the high school awards ceremony, two Nimitz High School young artists — Isabel Martínez and Héctor Torres — received additional awards. Isabel received the HCDE Trustees’ Exemplary Award for her Gold Key artwork titled “Succ-cute-lent” along with a $1,000 monetary prize. Her artwork will form part of the HCDE Superintendent and Board of Trustees Scholastic Art Gallery.

Héctor received the HCDE/Texas Art Supply Award for Exceptional Talent for his Gold Key-winning piece titled “Fortune Teller.” He received a $500 monetary prize.

AISD schools represented at the high school awards ceremony included Aldine, Carver, MacArthur, Nimitz and Victory Early College. Lewis Middle School (MS), Drew Academy for Mathematics, Science & Fine Arts, Grantham Academy for Engineering and Hoffman MS (IB® World School-Middle Years Program) represented AISD at the awards ceremony honoring seventh and eighth grade Scholastic Art Award recipients.


View a few images from the middle and high school award ceremonies.